Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and More

Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and More

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Tel Aviv is a city that is rich in culture and history, with a plethora of museums catering to diverse interests and tastes. History buffs can explore the heritage of the region at the Eretz Israel Museum, while contemporary art aficionados can immerse themselves in cutting-edge exhibitions at the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. With its wealth of cultural institutions.

 

  1. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art

A leading cultural institution in Israel, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art features an extensive collection of modern and contemporary art with works by Israeli and international artists. It offers rotating exhibitions, educational programs, events and workshops. Check the opening hours ahead of time and allow a minimum of 3 hours to explore the museum; if you’re an art enthusiast, allow the whole day! Saturdays are often busy because many places close during Sabbath. Book online to skip the queues. 

There is an on-site cafe, restaurant and wine bar plus many additional places to dine in the neighborhood. The gallery shop is a must-see as you exit the museum, with an extensive range of souvenirs and gifts available. 

For a relaxing but thought-provoking day, you can’t miss the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The museum is located at the Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center and is easily accessible by bus or on foot.

Note: after October 7th 2023, the area outside of the museum has become known as “Hostage Square”. It contains displays to commemorate and mourn the hostages taken by Hamas on October 7, as well as places to donate if you’re that way inclined. Hostage Square is inherently peaceful and you shouldn’t encounter any issues navigating through to reach the museum.

View of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art - white angular building

 

  1. Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Part of Tel Aviv University (TAU), the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History is Israel’s national natural history museum. It features extensive displays of items from a collection of more than 5.5 million specimens – the largest collection in Israel. More than one hundred research students have access to the collections every year. With interactive displays that educate about Israel’s rich natural history, raise awareness for the environment, focus on the evolution of the human race, plus rotating exhibitions, you will not be disappointed by a visit to the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.

Allow a minimum of half a day at this museum, more if you have time. You need to book online and present your ticket upon arrival. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, but refer to the website for exact opening hours. Located at the TAU campus, you can easily take a bus. Make sure you leave enough time to peruse the gift shop as you exit! 

Wall display of a cheetah

 

  1. Eretz Israel Museum

Dedicated to the history and culture of the Land of Israel, the Eretz Israel Museum is a multifaceted cultural institution located by Yarkon Park. Established in 1953, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Israeli heritage, history, and culture. It showcases archaeology, ethnography, folklore, and more – even a planetarium

The museum’s name, “Eretz Israel,” translates to “Land of Israel” and reflects its focus on showcasing the diverse aspects of the country’s past and present. The museum’s mission is to explore the land’s geographical, archaeological, ethnographic, and historical dimensions through its extensive collections, exhibitions, events and educational programs for visitors of all ages.

The museum grounds feature a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces, as well as research facilities, libraries, and archival repositories. Its architecture blends modern design with elements inspired by traditional Israeli building styles, creating a visually striking environment for visitors to explore.

The Eretz Israel Museum is open Monday-Saturday, though check the opening hours for the most accurate information. There is an on-site cafe and shop for souvenirs and gifts. 

Image of an exhibition at the museum

 

  1. Ben-Gurion House

Preserved as a historic site, Ben-Gurion House was the former residence of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, and his wife, Paula. The house served as their residence for many years and provides insight into their lives, work, and contributions to the establishment of the State of Israel.

The house, situated on Ben-Gurion Boulevard in the heart of Tel Aviv, was built in 1930 and was home to David Ben-Gurion and his family from 1931 until his death in 1973. Today, Ben-Gurion House is preserved as a museum and historic site, offering guided tours that provide visitors with a glimpse into the personal and political life of David Ben-Gurion. The museum’s exhibits include original furnishings, personal belongings, library, photographs, and memorabilia belonging to the Ben-Gurion family, as well as documents and artifacts related to Israel’s early years as a state. Self-guided audio tours are free, though you should book online to secure your time-slot.

In addition to its museum exhibits, Ben-Gurion House hosts educational programs, lectures, and special events.

Photo of Ben Gurion's library inside of Ben Gurion House

 

  1. Beit Hatfutsot: The Museum of the Jewish People

Located on the campus of Tel Aviv University, Beit Hatfutsot was created to preserve and celebrate Jewish heritage and history. Opened in 1978, the Knesset passed a law in 2005 that defines the museum as “the National Centre for Jewish communities in Israel and around the world”.

The museum’s mission is to portray the story of the Jewish people throughout history, spanning thousands of years and encompassing diverse communities from around the world. With permanent and rotating exhibitions, events, and educational programs, Beit Hatfutsot is the largest and most comprehensive Jewish museum in the world.

In recent years, Beit Hatfutsot has undergone extensive renovations and upgrades to enhance the visitor experience and modernize its facilities. The museum’s state-of-the-art technology and interactive exhibits make it a popular destination for tourists, scholars, and families seeking to explore the richness and diversity of Jewish life worldwide.

It’s open 7 days a week but check the opening times and book online to secure your visit. There is a certified kosher cafeteria and museum shop (both are closed on Saturdays and holidays) on the premises, so make sure you leave time to browse for a souvenir!

Photo of an exhibit at the museum

 

  1. Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

The Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art was established in its present location in the neighborhood of Herzliya in 1975. It was founded on a collection of paintings donated by a Herzliya resident in the early 1960s and was originally located in an apartment. 

The museum today boasts a collection that includes more than 3000 works. The collection covers a diverse range of contemporary artworks including paintings, sculptures, installations, video art, and mixed-media pieces. The catalog and exhibitions encompass a variety of styles, themes, and artistic movements; the current curator seeks to offer visitors a comprehensive overview of present-day cultural and social issues through the display of contemporary art. 

The Herzliya also offers events and educational programs designed to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Check out their opening hours before you visit.

Street view of the Herzliya Museum at dusk, wth lighting along the footpath

 

  1. Bauhaus Center

The Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv is a cultural institution and museum located on Dizengoff St that is dedicated to celebrating the architectural heritage of the city’s iconic Bauhaus buildings. Founded in 2000, its goal is to boost public interest and recognition of the “White City” as a unique architectural site.

Tel Aviv is renowned for its collection of over 4,000 Bauhaus buildings, of which around 2000 are protected by preservation law. Majority of these buildings were constructed during the 1930s by Jewish architects who fled Europe during the rise of Nazism.

The Bauhaus Center offers a range of services and activities aimed at promoting awareness and appreciation of Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv, including tours and exhibitions. They boast an extensive in-store and online shop, and can provide recommendations for the best Bauhaus accommodation to be found in Tel Aviv.

Overall, the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv plays a vital role in preserving, promoting, and celebrating the architectural heritage of Tel Aviv’s White City. The center offers visitors a deeper understanding of the Bauhaus movement and its enduring influence on the urban fabric of Tel Aviv.

Note: as of October 7th, 2023, all guided tours have been canceled though audio tours remain available. Contact the Bauhaus Center for the most up-to-date information.

Street view of the Bauhaus Centre

 

  1. Nahum Gutman Museum of Art

The Nahum Gutman Museum of Art is dedicated to the life and work of Nahum Gutman, one of Israel’s most renowned artists. Founded in 1988, the place is housed in Gutman’s restored and renovated residence in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the artist’s personal and creative world.

Nahum Gutman (1898-1980) was a prolific painter, illustrator, sculptor and children’s book author. His colorful and vibrant paintings often depicted scenes of Tel Aviv, Jaffa, and other iconic locations throughout the country, as well as biblical and historical themes.

The museum’s collection includes permanent installations of Gutman’s work, plus rotating exhibitions that cover a wide range of topics and art forms. The museum also offers educational programs, activities, and guided tours for schools, families, and visitors of all ages, aimed at fostering a deeper appreciation for art and creativity. Open every day of the week except Sunday, check the opening times before you visit. If you miss out on the chance to peruse their shop, they have a range of products available to purchase online.

Street view of the museum

 

  1. Yitzhak Rabin Center

The Yitzhak Rabin Center is a museum and educational institution dedicated to commemorating the life and legacy of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995). The Yitzhak Rabin Center features multimedia exhibitions, archival footage, and interactive displays exploring Rabin’s leadership and his contributions to peace efforts. Additionally, the museum offers educational programs and seminar days for students.

Established in 1997, the center serves as a multifaceted memorial and cultural complex that celebrates Rabin’s contributions to the State of Israel and promotes the values of peace, democracy, and social justice.

The center is situated on the campus of Tel Aviv University, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and consists of several interconnected buildings and outdoor spaces designed to engage visitors in a meaningful exploration of Rabin’s life, leadership, and vision for the future.

The museum is closed on Fridays and Saturdays; check the opening times before your visit. Book your ticket.

View looking up at the exterior of the museum, sandstone and glass

 

  1. Bialik House

Bialik House, also known as Beit Bialik, was the residence of the renowned Hebrew poet Haim Nachman Bialik. Renovated in 2023 to mark the 100th anniversary of the house, Bialik House is situated adjacent to Bialik Square and serves as a tribute to Bialik’s life and work. The museum’s exhibits showcase Bialik’s literary achievements, including his poetry, prose, and essays. Majority of the poems are in Hebrew, though there is some information available in English. 

Frequent literary events continue to bring people together at Bialik House, continuing its history of being a focal point for Hebrew literary activities in Tel Aviv. There are guided tours, workshops, children’s shows, and study options available. 

The furnishings of the house provide insight into life in Tel Aviv during the 1920s for European immigrants. Bialik moved into the house in 1925 and lived there until his death in 1934.

If you have an interest in Israeli poetry, definitely check out the Bialik House’s opening hours and  Facebook page and arrange a visit!

Street view of the Bauhaus Centre

 

In conclusion, Tel Aviv offers a wide range of museums and galleries that cater to the diverse interests of visitors and locals alike. With rotating exhibitions at many of the museums, you can visit over and over again and still not see the entire collections! So put on your walking shoes and spend a day exploring and learning in the beautiful city of Tel Aviv.

 

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